The Riverina continues for the third week to be the most active on AuctionsPlus, purchasing a total of 6,699 head, targeting mainly Merino ewes and ewe lambs.
Central Western NSW also remained as equally active purchasing 6,691 head consisting of Merino wethers & wether lambs, Merino ewes & ewe lambs and Crossbred lambs.
A large percentage of the listings consisted of Merino ewes and ewe lambs, with 20,967 head offered, 70% sold at auction.
Ewe lambs were in short supply with 2,300 head offered, increasing demand and achieving a clearance of 85%, selling from $80 to $198.50 and averaging $142, down $7 on last week.
The top price was achieved by a line of 45kg, Austral Eden blood, future breeder ewe lambs, from Tallimba, NSW.
Merino ewe hoggets sold from $150 to $200, averaging $173, remaining steady on last week. The top price was achieved by a line of 174 Banavie blood SIL ewes, 22 to 24 months, joined to Composite rams, weighing 55kg. These ewes made up part of a flock dispersal by L & M Roberts, Pomonal VIC. Young 2 to 4-year-old Merino breeders sold from $115 to a top of $236.50, averaging $173, up $18 on last week.
Proven breeders (4-7 years) sold from $80 to a top of $240, averaging $157, down $9 on last week. A line of 169, 3-year-old SIL ewes from Rugby, NSW sold for $170.
Five-year-old, SIL ewes from Warren, NSW sold for $161, weighing 58kg and SIL to Poll Merino rams.
A total of 7,593 Merino wether lambs were listed and achieved a 95% clearance. Averaging $102, down $18 on last week, the lambs sold from $60 to a top of $145.
The top price was achieved by a line of 190 store wether lambs from Norong, VIC, Aug/Sep 18’ drop, weighing 33kg with a 2.5” skin and they will cross the border into Griffith, NSW.
Merino wether hoggets achieved 100% clearance this week, averaging $107, down $12 on last week and selling from $89 to $125.
The top price was achieved by a line of 18 to 20-month-old, freshly shorn Wanganella blood wether hoggets from Tullamore, NSW, weighing 39kg and will make their way to Yarrawonga, VIC.
Supply of grown wethers this week increased to 2,416 head, with demand also strong selling from $105 to $122, averaging $113.
Top price was achieved by a line of 2 to 5-year-old woolgrower wether lambs from Port August, SA, weighing 42kg with 1” skins.
Other highlights included two lots of Oct/Nov 18’ drop wether lambs from Southern Tasmania, selling for $60 and crossing the Bass Straight into Yea, VIC, continuing the strong interest from mainland buyers on Tasmanian stock.
Border Leicester/Merino ewe lambs averaged $174, down $29 on last week, selling from $160 to $200. Highlights included a line of Aug/Sep 18’ drop ewe lambs from Bombala, NSW selling for $175, weighing 35kg with a 2” skin.
First Cross ewe hoggets sold from $230 to $282, averaging $261, up $17 on last week. Young breeders (2-4 yrs.) sold from $210 to $251, averaging $225, with the top price fetched by a line of 23 to 36-month-old, 73kg SIL ewes from Kieth, SA. Proven breeders (4-7 years) sold from $150 to $210, averaging $188.
Other ewe highlights include, a line of Purebred Dohne SIL Ewes from Walgett, NSW sold for $237, 33 to 34 months, weighing 58kg and will head to Broken Hill, NSW.
Into Victoria, a line of 19 to 21-month-old Composite SIL ewes weighing 67kg from Pomonal sold for $250.
Store lamb listings decreased by 4,134 head for a total listing of 4,469 head.
Demand from buyers saw a slight decrease to reach 81% clearance at auction. Top Prices included:
- Aug/Oct 18’, 39kg Primeline mixed sex store lambs from Narromine NSW, sold for $178.5 or 453c/kg live
- July/Aug 18’, 39kg Poll Dorset/Merino mixed sex store lambs from Morundah, NSW, sold for $175.5 or 448c/kg live
- Aug/Sep 18’, 39kg Primeline/Composite mixed sex store lambs from Tumbarumba, NSW sold for $175 or 443c/kg live
- Aug/Sep 18’, 38kg White Suffolk/Merino mixed sex store lambs from Daysdale, NSW sold for $171 or 444c/kg live
- Sep/Oct 18’, 38kg Australian White/Composite mixed sex store lambs from Surat, QLD sold for $150 or 395c/kg live
- Feb/Mar 19’, 25kg White Suffolk/Merino mixed sex store lambs from Dunedoo, NSW sold for $136 or 527c/kg live